Bill introduced to abolish Achievement School District

Nevada Rise
Students at Nevada Rise Academy, one of the schools that falls under the state's Achievement School District. (Photo by Nevada Rise Academy)
Nevada Rise
Students at Nevada Rise Academy, one of the schools that falls under the state’s Achievement School District. (Photo by Nevada Rise Academy)

Nevada’s initiative for converting public schools into charter schools may be coming to an end.

State Sen. Marilyn Dondero Loop on Monday introduced SB 321, a bill to abolish the Achievement School District, which allows low-performing public district schools to be converted into charter schools overseen directly by the Department of Education. The Achievement School District was created by the Republican-controlled 2015 Legislature.

According to the district’s website, there are four schools currently within the Achievement School District: Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus, Futuro Academy, Nevada Preparatory Charter School, and Nevada Rise Academy. Eight additional schools — all in Southern Nevada — were flagged for potential conversion by the state board late last year.

SB 321 would give the existing achievement schools until July 1, 2020 to secure sponsorship under another authorizer body. That could mean a public school district, university or the State Public Charter School Authority. If an alternate sponsor is not found, the school would be forced to close.

April Corbin Girnus
April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. April currently serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists Las Vegas pro chapter. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and three mutts.

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